Exploring Super Nintendo World At Universal Studios Japan

Super Nintendo World Japan, a new park in Osaka filled with Nintendo and Mario excitement for children and adults, has easy access from the airport and on-site hotels, exciting attractions such as Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge and Yoshi’s Adventure, and Mario-themed food such as Piranha Plant Caprese and Princess Peach’s Cake.

What is Super Nintendo World Japan?

Super Nintendo World is a Nintendo and Mario-themed area at Universal Studios Japan, resulting from a partnership between Nintendo and Universal Parks and Resorts.

The entire area is based on Nintendo video game franchises, mainly showcasing the Mario franchise.

Among all the amusement rides, cafes and shops, you can punch real-life Mario-styled blocks and note blocks using a power-up band that can be purchased along with your admission ticket.

Is Super Nintendo World Open in Japan?

Super Nintendo World enjoyed a grand opening at Universal Studios Japan on March 18, 2021. 

Where is Super Nintendo World Japan?

Super Nintendo World Japan is in Osaka, Japan.

How do I Get to Super Nintendo World Japan?

Super Nintendo World is easy to access from the Osaka International Airport using the variety of trains available in the city, starting with the Osaka Monorail to Hotarugaike, and then taking the Hankyu Takarazuka Line to Osaka-Umeda, and then taking the JR Osaka Loop Line to Universal Studios Japan. This takes about 35 minutes to complete.

From Nishikujo Station it takes about five minutes to reach Universal Studios Japan using the JR Yumesaki Line.

From Umeda Station (or Osaka Station) it takes about 11 minutes to reach Universal Studios Japan via the JR Osaka Loop Line and then the JR Yumesaki Line.

And from JR-Nanba Station it takes about 15 minutes to reach Universal Studios Japan via the JR Yamatoji Line, the JR Osaka Loop Line, and then the JR Yumesaki Line.

How much does it cost to go to Super Nintendo World Japan?

A One Day Studio Pass (or Park Entry Ticket) is ¥8,200 ($71.66 USD) for an adult, and ¥5,400 ($47.19) for a child aged between 4-12, not including tax.

A Two Day Studio Pass is ¥16,200 ($141.58 USD) for an adult and ¥10,500 ($91.76 USD) for a child.

One-and-a-Half Day Studio Pass is ¥13,100 ($114.49) for an adult and ¥8,600 ($75.16 USD) for a child.

Your experience can be more immersive by purchasing a Power-Up Band Exchange Ticket, which can be exchanged for a Power-Up Band which is used to play key challenges, gather coins, and collect digital stamps. One Power-Up Band Exchange Ticket is ¥3,200 ($27.97 USD) for all ages.

It is mentioned on the Universal Studios Japan Ticket Website that ticket prices are subject to change depending on the day. Also, all admission tickets allow you access to all of the attractions in the park.

What Are the Top Attractions in Super Nintendo World?

What is Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge?

The biggest attraction in Super Nintendo World, noted for being this area of the theme park’s flagship attraction, is the Mario Kart-themed ride. By placing on a headset, you’re fully immersed in this dark roller coaster, featuring augmented reality on rollercoaster tracks. It takes place indoors with special effects.

The ride plays like a game, allowing you to collect coins if you turn your wheel at the right time, and it puts you on the Mario team where you will race against team Koopa, firing shells at the opposing time to gain an advantage.

The waiting line is also engaging. When you first walk into Bowser’s Castle, you will find, among the draping tapestries and red carpets, The massive stone statue of Bowser at the top of a grand staircase in Bowser’s Castle.

The decorations in the line are compelling, filled with mystery, stone walls, spiked fences, and heavy iron doors. You’ll see how the Bob-ombs are made, and Team Koopa’s strategy to take Team Mario down.

The Mario Kart courses are brought to life with projection mapping, augmented reality, and screen projection that is also combined with a physical set that recreates Mario Kart like you’re actually driving it in real life.

What is Yoshi’s Adventure?

Yoshi’s Adventure is slow-paced and nostalgic, filled with Mario memorabilia. The ride leisurely takes you through Nintendo-themed areas, where you get a stunning view of Princess Peach’s castle while going through the indoor and outdoor areas of the ride. 

This ride makes you keep your eyes peeled as you search for Captain Toad on a treasure hunt, using the Captain’s map to find three mysterious eggs.

The waiting line is open, inviting, and friendly, showcasing Yoshi’s island, piles of eggs, and blocks that can be hit with a Power-Up band. You also get to see a smiling, happy Toadette.

What are the Power-Up Band Key Challenges?

Using your Power-Up Band (which is a separate purchase from the ticket) you can engage in multiple mini-games around the park. These allow you to collect in-game items such as three keys, which unlock a final showdown with Bowser Jr.

The idea behind the Key Clanneges is that Princess Peach had a Golden Mushroom stolen by Bowser Jr., and has specially appointed you and your friends and family to collect the necessary items to eventually defeat Bowser Jr.

On the official website, they recommend that children ages five and up are able to play.

You are also able to link your Power-Up Band to the  Universal Studios Japan official app where you’re able to check your in-game items, such as coins and digital stamps, on the fly.

Game data can also be accessed at key checkpoints, so the official app is not required to be able to play.

What are the Top Places to Eat in Super Nintendo World?

What is Kinopio’s Cafe?

The best place to enjoy a sit-down meal is at Kinopio’s Cafe (Toad’s Cafe), shaped and styled to look like a giant Toad House from the Super Mario series. Once you step inside, you’re surrounded by a beautiful Mario-styled atmosphere, such as the Super Mushroom, Fire Flowers, and tables decorated with a mushroom and plant pattern.

Gourmet dishes are made by Chef Toad, who you get to see while you wait to order your food. And while you sit and eat, you get to enjoy a beautiful view of the Mushroom Kingdom with Toads walking around.

These are some of the main dishes that Kinopio’s Cafe offers:

  • Mario’s Bacon Cheeseburger for ¥2,000 ($18.34 USD.)
  • Luigi’s Green Curry Chicken Sandwich for ¥2,000 ($18.34 USD.)
  • Super Mushroom Pizza Bowl with Mushroom Tomato Sauce for ¥1,500 ($13.76 USD.)
  • Piranha Plant Caprese for ¥1,300 ($11.92 USD.)
  • Yoshi’s Spinach Carbonara for ¥1,900 ($17.43 USD.)

And these are some of the most iconic desserts that Kinopio’s Cafe offers:

  • Princess Peach’s Cake for ¥2,800 ($25.68 USD.)
  • Question Mark Block Tiramisu for ¥700 ($6.42 USD.)

What is Yoshi’s Snack Island?

Yoshi’s Snack Island offers on-the-go treats for the busy park adventurer, themed after Yoshi’s Island, and other Mario game items like the Super Mushroom. Here are some of the recommended items that Yoshi’s Snack Island offers:

  • Green Shell Calzone with Yakisoba ; Cheese for ¥700 ($6.42 USD.)
  • Yoshi’s Lassi (in a Mango or Melon Flavor) for ¥700 ($6.42 USD.)
  • Yoshi’s Hot Apple Tea for ¥700 ($6.42 USD.)
  • Super Mushroom Drink for ¥1,800 ($15.73 USD.)
  • 1-Up Mushroom Drink for ¥1,800 ($15.73 USD.)

Where do I Stay While Visiting Super Nintendo World?

Super Nintendo World inside Universal Studios Japan has a list of official partner hotels to enhance your park experience, situated just outside or nearby the park for easy access. Here are some of our top picks below:

  • The Singulari Hotel ; Skyspa at Universal Studios Japan: This hotel offers original Snoopy goods for reservations from the official website that can be worn in the park, a breakfast that starts at 7 o’clock in the morning, park tickets available for purchase, and a Sky Spa on the top floor.
  • The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan: The closest hotel to Universal Studios Japan, where getting to the park is just a one minute walk away, offers a Hawaiian-themed all-day buffet with Western and Japanese cuisine with a view of the park grounds below, a ticket counter and an in-house convenience store.
  • Hotel Keihan Universal Tower: A hotel with the “Universal Excitement Lucky Floor”, where all the rooms are themed after Sesame Street with characters like Moppy and Oscar and offers a Casual Restaurant Epoch which is an all-day buffet in a colorful atmosphere with Japanese and Western cuisine.

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